Student: See Realmofcaringfoundatuion.org
Ravich....just as Diane Swine-slime, Nancy Pelosi (we have to pass it to see what's in it), Megabucks Meg Whitman, Carli Fiorina and grossly too many others of their sociopathic ilk....is a laboratory specimen of political whoredom at its absolute lowest and most execrable.
Will it be a crime for teenager to paint his yellow gun black, so he can be a tough looking wannabe and posture in the hood like a real gangsta?
So far as history goes, there are plenty of success stories on all sides to go around. Claims of any exclusive efficacy are completely unfounded. How does Marty N's 22+ years of sobriety with no 12-Step attendance sound? How does David D's 33+ years of sobriety using both AA and other approaches sound?
No one is being asked to give up 12-Step, at all. AA and NA and all of the 12-Step organizations are very fine institutions that should receive much credit for the work they do.
If you read the story and pay attention this is about people being allowed to choose the path to sobriety that fits their view instead of a single path mandated or coerced by government.
Looove Swami Steve! Met him here in Virginia Beach a time or two. I would like to add my piece to the mosaic, drives me nuts that I seem to be the only person even aware of the existence of this "Rosetta Stone" book, entitled: "Appointment in Dallas" - from an unimpeachable source, one Hugh MacDonald. I read it in the mid-seventies and it still exists on AMAZON! I just downloaded a digital copy but there are still some paperbacks in circulation!!! Hugh was the preeminent Police Officer, war hero, inventor of the "Identakit", CIA, Barry Goldwater's Chief of Security, etc. He used his long career in the international shadow world of spies and covert agents to find and interview the guy who caused Kennedy's head to explode. He got $50K because that's what he charges for heads-of-state. Find it, read it, share it!!!
Swami Steve's answer is a profound answer reflecting his ability to go deep into himself, and history, and to remember....... Where were you when you heard the president was shot?Thanks for this remarkable article. Shall read this book.
Following is one the most brilliant and unsettling paragraphs, I have ever read about the perceptual distortions that are currently going on in our news media......!!! It says:
Swami Steve was/is WONDERFUL, WISE and WITTY, making his troublesome observations even palatable. Most useful quote from a House Concert of his, in Austin Texas, was that Swami Steve said "the only one's speaking the truth on television, during these times, were the comedians, not the news-broadcasters." What a wake-up call! .... I have found that to be true and have watched Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert and Rachel Maddow, ever since.
Could it be we are in "the dark side of democracy" which Jefferson warned us about, when people of privilege would take advantage of the others, less fortunate, actually not realizing they are a majority? Anytime politicians start cutting public education, I remember Jefferson's warning, especially here in Texas. Jefferson invested his land and personal fortune in education, starting the University of Virginia, because he believed so much in education for us all to be informed and participate in evolving the best form of government possible for ALL.
The authors of a remarkably well-developed book on the cycles of American history, The Fourth Turning sub-titled their researched work, "An American Prophecy—What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny." Read how an economist and an historian can predict that we will elect and anti-government president in 2000. Strauss and Howe did that in the mid-'90's.
How will those of us, living through this pivotal time in history live well with our heritage into a sustainable future? ..for our children and their children? Where will this next century take us and what is my part in that? Who does speak the TRUTH ! Seems Swami Steve does!
If its not broke, dont fix it. Things are working well, and I want our supervisors making decisions based on whats best for our community. Personally, i don't care about the politics 10,000 miles a way from here- the Arab spring showed us those can change on a dime. I want Veolia to continue providing good low cost service to the people of our community. Truth be told, I'd like a lot more good low cost evening and weekend service to our community
Thanks for writing this Steve. I'm sharing it on Facebook and will plan to reread Douglass's book. A couple of recent books I've acquired are also eye opening. "Me and Lee" by Judiyth Vary Baker gives a comprehensive picture of the real Lee Harvey Oswald. "Mary's Mosaic" by Peter Janney, the son of a CIA operative who was deeply involved, throws a lot of light on the CIA involvement as well as the elimination of people who knew too much.
SAY has not been forthcoming with the problems it has at Tamayo House or those that will be created by its Warrack Hospital solution. Only when their back is to the wall does SAY admit some of their operational problems. Bottom line: they aren’t being honest.
If one looks at the concerns, it is not that many of Bennett Valley residents don’t want to help those in need, it is that this particular self-serving “solution” creates risk to more people than it serves.
For example: police are called when there is a tear in the social contract. SAY’s director of development Cat Cvengros told me she doesn’t see anything unreasonable about Tamayo’s 20 police calls a year for 25 beds. My frame of reference is zero calls on my block—many addresses, more people—in over 15 years (2 blocks away from Warrack). So, if 20 calls is okay for Tamayo House, by extension SAY’s tolerance is an additional 50 calls at former Warrack Hospital campus. That means anti-social behaviors rise to the level of police involvement every week. Clearly, SAY’s management doesn’t have the same behavioral standards I do. They are choosing to run their business allowing that much anti-social activity.
If you look at SAY’s financials (CharityNavigator.com) you will see their income was $3.2 million in 2002, $3.18 M in 2011, with average year to year growth over that period not keeping up with inflation. In order to cover their salaries and benefits of $2.3 million plus other professional fees of $1.5 M, (2010 form 990) SAY’s plans for the Warrack “Dream Center” are about increasing their income by being a landlord, and providing an outdated product that creates risk to the neighborhood. It costs money to reduce that risk. When I asked SAY’s Ms. Cvengros why don’t they have group homes which give residents solid abilities to succeed in society, instead of an apartment complex with little structure, she said “Oh, we don’t do that.”
Why not? It is because they are unwilling to pay for the state-required higher percentage of licensed staff, and it is more important to them to have rental income than drug test, by providing insufficient services to ADA-protected alcohol and drug addicted tenants (very difficult to evict), than to foster existing neighborhood, and societal, behaviors.
And it is my choice to not accept a lowering of the social contract.
If the City of Santa Rosa would require a Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA) to quantify the risks by using facts, I might be persuaded to think differently.
The Coalition on Political Assasination COPA (politicalassassinations.com) is have a conference starting on 11/22 through 11/24 to discuss this issue. The conference will have a live stream. Very important information will be brought to light.
Let me be clear--I am a social justice oriented humanitarian. I approached this project with an open mind from the very beginning. My heart was touched by the story I heard from Francis (tenant and spokesperson of Tamayo Village) at my first tour of the Warrack hospital campus. SAY Executive Director, Matt Martin, was very convincing and led me to believe that every young adult accepted into the "Dream Center" would be coming out of the foster system. Matt Martin led me to believe a lot of things. It all sounded really good on the surface to me. But, I felt it was important to look deeper into this. So I did.
The reality is that only a small percentage of individuals who will inhabit the Warrack facility can be characterized as such. The overwhelming majority (75% by SAY's own admission) are homeless adults (aged 18-24) who have NOT aged out of the foster care system. My concern is that according to government sources, a large percentage of homeless adults in the United States, unfortunately, have substance abuse and/or mental health problems and the majority have criminal records.
I am the first person to recognize the humanitarian need to assist these people coming out of the foster system and homeless adults. And...as a supporter of at-risk young adults, I am aware of the fact that the literature states that these folks do better in smaller family-like networks (group homes) where they attain solid abilities to succeed in society, instead of an dormitory / apartment style complex with little structure.
Most importantly: I have thoroughly reviewed SAY's application.
It is evident that the proposal lacks the rigor and supportive information needed to properly evaluate alternatives and develop the best outcome, not only for SAY partners and their clientele, but the Bennett Valley area as a whole. The proposal does not provide a well-thought out strategic plan for long-term successful implementation of services and integration into the larger community, which is fundamental to the future planning goals and objectives for the area. There are numerous questions that need to be addressed and a proper assessment of the magnitude and impacts of the SAY Dream Center and partner services on the community should be required by SAY during the planning and review process. The proposal is literally incomplete. Strategic information is being withheld. SAY services are not clearly defined and all related partner services are not identified and clearly defined. SAY has failed to provide a clear distinction and nexus between the services provided and the impacts the facility and operations would have on the larger community.
The only way to assess the impacts is to complete a SEIA (Socio-Economic Impact Assessment). I, along with the majority of my neighbors, find it absolutely unconscionable if the City of Santa Rosa, the Santa Rosa City Council and the Planning Commission do not require a SEIA.
If SAY is truly the "good neighbor" they constantly claim to be, then all they have to do is commission a neutral third party SEIA. Prove it SAY. Prove to us that you are a "good neighbor." I want to believe that you are. However, so far, I don't believe you...and I'm not alone, to say the least.
Thanks for encouraging us to read this book. I will get it soon. Your analysis of the
big picture seems spot on, on every level. I have been to Daley plaza. I have a friend who
was at the parade in Dallas as a young woman. I don't believe the Warren Report and
don't know anyone else who does either.
I think the reason so many folks want to keep their guns is the basic distrust so many
have about our govt. I am not a gun person, but I can understand the general uneasiness.
I have also toured the Holocaust Museum and some patterns during the build up of the Nazi era seem to be occurring here. Curtailing freedoms bit by bit, was one thing they did.
What I have to go through to fly nowadays feels incredibly invasive. I often joke with the people undergoing the security system, "well, it was nice undressing with you!" and we all wryly laugh. But we know its not funny.
Thanks for publishing this excellent article. I have seen this man's performances and he is gifted and brilliant. Let's read and heed.
"In JFK and the Unspeakable Jim Douglass has distilled all the best available research into a very well-documented and convincing portrait of President Kennedy's transforming turn to peace, at the cost of his life. Personally, it has made a very big impact on me. After reading it in Dallas, I was moved for the first time to visit Dealey Plaza. I urge all Americans to read this book and come to their own conclusions about why he died and why -- after fifty years -- it still matters."
-- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
This statement is itself historic: the first time any member of the Kennedy family has publicly endorsed a book that attributes President Kennedy's assassination to a conspiracy involving the military-intelligence establishment of the U.S. government. But what sets Douglass's book apart from the many treatments of Kennedy's assassination is his methodical case for the reasons behind it: to thwart the President's extraordinary turn toward peace, especially his back-channel negotiations with Nikita Khrushchev to dismantle the Cold War. So, elements of his own government viewed the President as a dangerous traitor, one to be eliminated.
Only by remembering this story can we take up the challenge that Kennedy left unfinished—the challenge to make peace our legacy for generations yet unborn.
President John Kennedy
Address to the United Nations General Assembly
September 20th 1963
excerpt: full speech at www.jfkmoon.org/un.html
''Finally, in a field where the United States and the Soviet Union have a special capacity--in the field of space--there is room for new cooperation, for further joint efforts in the regulation and exploration of space. I include among these possibilities a joint expedition to the moon. Space offers no problems of sovereignty; by resolution of this Assembly, the members of the United Nations have foresworn any claim to territorial rights in outer space or on celestial bodies, and declared that international law and the United Nations Charter will apply. Why, therefore, should man's first flight to the moon be a matter of national competition? Why should the United States and the Soviet Union, in preparing for such expeditions, become involved in immense duplications of research, construction, and expenditure? Surely we should explore whether the scientists and astronauts of our two countries--indeed of all the world--cannot work together in the conquest of space, sending someday in this decade to the moon not the representatives of a single nation, but the representatives of all of our countries. ....''
"Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world--or to make it the last."
-- President John F. Kennedy, September 20, 1963 speech to the UN calling for an end to the Cold War and converting the Moon Race into an international cooperative effort, two months and two days before he was removed from office.
The letter written by 12 Sonoma County Deputy Probation Officers states; "SAY HAS SAID THERE ARE NO SEX OFFENDERS IN TAMAYO VILLAGE. WE CAN CONFIRM THAT TAMAYO VILLAGE HAS HOUSED SEX OFFENDERS. ALL SEX OFFENDERS ADJUDICATED IN THE JUVENILE SYSTEM ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDERS AND THEIR RECORDS ARE SEALED. THEREFORE, THEY DO NOT EXIST ON MEGAN'S LAW DATABASE. ALL JUVENILES ARE "ADJUDITCATED", NOT "CONVICTED," WHICH IS HOW S.A.Y. MISLEADS THE PUBLIC"......it continues in this article when S.A.Y. pledges to conduct "a sex-offender check". S.A.Y can require a waiver to access histories of sexual offenders - other transitional housing facilities do. On this, and numerous other issues, S.A.Y.'s lost credibility with many of it's former donors - myself included. Why would S.A.Y. object to a neutral, third party study?
While it may be well-intended, Measure B will have a negative impact on the quality of life now, and particularly for future generations. I urge you to vote “no” on Measure B and protect Sonoma from special interests.
Wineries, large hotel concerns, tour companies and other outside parties see Sonoma as a brand, a destination, a place to make money using our plaza for there business. We who live here see Sonoma as our home and recognize the unique nature of our town and plaza. The opponents of measure B claim we need this continued hotel and increased TOT to fund our ever increasing services, but how many of those increase costs are caused by the more traffic and maintenance due to those very tourists. Mr Anderson has been buying up the town. He already caused the closing of Estate Restaurant when he bought the building, eliminating many well paying jobs for locals. Measure B represents a challenge to those deep pocket folks who would turn take over the soul of this wonderful town. Already many local small business have closed due to high rental rates and loss of local business. Every lost business results in another wine tasting room ( I think we have 18 of them on the plaza now.) If we allow big money interests to take over this town, its only a matter of time until we will have the next Indian casino in the center of town. This is a fight for the soul of Sonoma. Don't be fooled by the tricky fiscal impact threats by the measure B proponents.
SAVE SONOMA. Otherwise we may wake up living in ANDERSONVILLE! Vote YES on B
Affordable motels stays in Sonoma that are reflective with State unemployment insurance weekly payments to the working class is the first priority to the community....Providing affordable hotels is a necessity to Sonoma....Placating corporate owners of $700.00 and up luxury hotels is a municipal fault...Never forget your citizens vs. only the tourist high dollar cash flow created by a no choice City Council and graft...
Giving up the 12 step programs? Never!... Yet those lifer "tweakers" that rotate in and out of the doors are damaged for life..And those caught in the Judicial system are never the same...innocent suspects are found guilty after being set-up by judges,L.E.'s, and the D.A. while failing to investigate claims of fraud by the accused defendant."..Replace and imprison #70-90 personnel working within the court system in Sonoma County they are organized criminal L.E.'s...
Thank you for this detailed, unbiased article, about the sickening, unnecessary death of thirteen year old Andy Lopez.
LEO - I meant Law Enforcement Officers LEO
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